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amount on charlie, which is $800. >> it was just such a blessing and we'll be forever grateful that charlie gets this stekd chance. >> it means so much to us. >> what we do is the tribute to lady bug. if i had to get to the grieve to find this path then we were meant to lose her so we could be inspired to help others. we were meant to lose her to be inspired to help others. from cnn world headquarters this is early start weekend. according to most americans, it is the only thing that matters this election. we are talking jobs. sunny beaches and tan bodies but it's the 29 electoral votes. all morning, putting florida in focus. the iphone 5 expected to debut next week. we'll give you the scoop on it.
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it is saturday, september 8th. good morning, i'm randi kaye. if you wonder who this is, it is victor blackwell. he's with me to co-anchor the morning hours. >> i have to say i'm disappointed. >> all right? we just started. >> i expected where i run in and there's confetti, you run across the studio and jump in my arms. >> we tried that -- >> confetti wasn't in the budget? >> yeah. let's get you caught up on the stories we are following. in denver, a stand off between police and two armed robbers is over. schools were put on lockdown and residents evacuated in the six hour ordeal during which one of
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the suspected updated his facebook pace. friends asked him to surrender to police. shots were fired but no one was injured. two young children are safe and his father in custody following a coast guard rescue. he's accused of abducting the kids and stealing a boat at a marina. the mother suggested a boat might be involved. they described the moments leading up to the rescue. >> we wanted to provide him with water and a radio so that we could have a conversation with him. at that point, he said he was willing to help us in any way we could. we asked to put a boarding team on board. he said that would be fine. we put the team on. we quickly got brooklyn, the oldest child who is 4 years old off the boat and transferred her to the hospital. next, we got the individual and
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his son devin and got them on to the small boat and brought them to the hospital. at that point, we detained him. >> the children's parents have been involved in a custody dispute. turning now to jobs and the race for the white house. the unemployment rate fell from 8.3 to 8.1%. before everyone gets excited, consider the drop was because people have given up the search for work. both are spinning it to their advantage. mitt romney calls it very disappointed. president obama says we are getting there. here is what they said yesterday. >> after losing 800,000 jobs a month, business has added jobs for 30 months in a row. we have added 4.6 million jobs.
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[ applause ] but, we know that's not good enough. we can do better. we need to create jobs faster. >> there were four times as many people who dropped out of the work force as the jobs created under this president. it's not a one-month figure. >> boo! >> the white house has said for 31 months, don't look at the monthly numbers. if you take 30 months and put them together, it's critical. >> the next months will contain a variety of i can do it better. it's the two remaining jobs reports that could decide who will win the white house. i spoke with allison about the numbers. >> president obama really needs to see 261,000 jobs added to the economy this year. it's doable. it's not a slam dunk, especially with this weak report we got on friday. the august jobs gained.
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they weren't great. june and july were revised lower. we need to get to the 261,000 number to see zero and break even. that means no jobs added or lost during president obama's presidency. right now, he's at a deficit. we have two more reports coming out on jobs before the election. we need to see at least 130,000 jobs added. if you look at the year, we have averaged 139,000 jobs for the month. it's possible, but not a certainty. economic growth is weak. employers are worried. they may continue to hold back on hiring. of course, there's europe. we don't know where europe is heading as well. victor? >> let's talk about ben bernanke. there's no sign they will take action in the september 12th meeting.
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this could be the judge the fed needs for a stimulus. put what he said up on the screen now. on the 31st of august he said the federal reserve will provide accommodation as needed to promote a stronger economic recovery. is this is nudge for a stimulus? something to boost growth? >> you make a good point. it could force the fed's hand to make good on that promise. the fed has two mandates. one is to promote maximum employment. this august report gives the fed more room to take action. look before friday. you know, the economic picture was looking more promising, brighter. the housing sector is showing much improvement with sales of homes. foreclosures are down. prices of homes are going up. the service sector is showing improvement. retail sales. before friday, maybe a stimulus wasn't needed. now, after friday, the weak jobs
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report for august is resetting the stimulus conversation. ben bernanke spoke in wyoming in august and reit rated they have tools as their disposal. wall street is looking for the bond buying program to rev up the u.s. economy and give it a jolt. wall street is betting on it. you know what? the fed may wait to see how the ecbs own stimulus goes. their fed announced their own stimulus program this week. the fed may sit it out a bit. most say the august jobs reports means stimulus is coming. we shall see. >> we will see indeed. obama and romney will speak later in florida and virginia. we'll bring you their comments, live. now, a cnn exclusive. the navy s.e.a.l.s who captured
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and killed osama bin laden says the book is wrong. he's stirred a sensation with his account of the killing in the book, "no easy day". he says osama bin laden was already shot when they entered his room in pakistan. the head of u.s. operations went back to find out if it happened that way. they told him no, osama bin laden was standing in the room and that's when they shot him. the killing of a u.s. border patrol agent. sanchez was detained 60 miles off the arizona border. the u.s. is seeking to extradite him. he's the second person arrested in the case. three others still at large. border agent ryan terry was killed two years ago. the two guns were linked to
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operation fast and furious. four nfl players are eligible to play in team openers despite being suspended for the paid for injury program. now the nfl commissioner is reviewing the suspensions of the four. after he heard the decision, will tweeted victory is mine. smith tweeted a thank you message to supporters. less than two months left for the presidential election. we are focusing on florida. we'll look at how the state changed and how the candidates are looking to capitalize. a teenage boy with down syndrome cannot board a flight. the parents say it amounts to discrimination. 4g lte has the fastest speeds.
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it's bringing the future forward. the political conventions are over and now it's time for the candidates to speak face-to-face to the voters. especially in the swing states. this morning, we are focusing on florida. president obama is there today. here is the latest cnn poll. obama leads, but the margin is slim. of course, that could change by november. let's look deeper inside the numbers. republicans asked, are you better off now than you were when barack obama took office? the national unemployment rate was 7.6%. in florida, it was 8.6%. this july, 8.3% nationally, 8.8% in florida. around the midterm elections, 9.8% across the country, 12% in
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florida. it's positive, the trend. republicans will tell you florida's republican governor, rick scott should get the credit. what does this mean? the outcome in florida is harder to predict. both the presidential candidates are making sure they get their messages out in florida. cnn chief correspondent jessica yellen has more on the convention momentum. >> reporter: president obama is in florida on day two of his post convention visit. the intended message, three and a half years later, he has bipartisan apeal. former governor crist may not have credibility with the state's republicans. expect president obama to continue drawing contrast with governor romney on their economic visions for the future. here is how the president has
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been making his point on the campaign trail. >> all they have to offer is the same prescriptions they have had for 30 years. tax cuts, tax cuts, gut some regulations, oh, and more tax cuts. tax cuts when times are good. tax cuts when times are bad. tax cuts to help you lose a few extra pounds. tax cuts to improve your love life. it'll cure anything, according to them. >> reporter: florida is a crucial battleground state. if the president wins florida, it will be very difficult for mitt romney to find a path to the white house. randi. >> jessica, thank you. we have much more ahead on the florida focus in the 7:00 hour eastern time. we'll check the democrats plan to catch the state. at 8:15, the republican response
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and the issues they see to taking back the state. at 10:00 a.m. eastern, which voters will decide how the state swings. plus, president obama will be live from st. petersburg. an airline deems a teenage boy with down syndrome to be a security risk? was it fair or a violation of his civil rightings? at purina one, we believe small things can make a big difference. like how a little oil from here can be such a big thing in an old friend's life. we discovered that by blending enhanced botanical oils into our food, we can help brighten an old dog's mind so he's up to his old tricks. it's just one way purina one is making the world a better place... one pet at a time. discover vibrant maturity and more at purinaone.com. perform, compete and grow. and people are driving this change.
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driving 56 in a 35. after he wrote the ticket, he said hold on, there's another officer here to write you another ticket for driving 62 in a 35. >> he said ma'am, we're giving you a second ticket to make an example out of you. >> they are on the same exact minute of the same exact day. then i just went into total shock. i was like -- i was so upset i couldn't even cry. >> the police chief said they were at opposite ends of the road and the driver sped up between the two. >> look at what's visible in alabama as a result of hurricane isaac. this is wreckage from a schoonor. >> i am stoked that it's as well preserved as it is. >> it's just really incredible to see history laying right here on ft. morgan on the beach.
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>> the wreckage is in a remote part of the shoreline. a california family says their teenage son was not allowed on a plane because he has down syndrome. they plan to sue saying american airlines discriminated. they say workers couldn't calm the boy down and he was a risk. the parent's cell phone video shows another story. we have more. >> reporter: this home video shows him at a journey concert. he was called up on stage and given a guitar. he was singled out and discriminated against because he has down syndrome. >> we were not allowed on the plane because this man saw my son and made a decision. >> reporter: they spoke with us
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through skype and said as they waited to board an american airlines flight they were not allowed on. >> my question is, why are you singling me out? why aren't you telling them and them and them and all these people with children. >> it is a security controlled area. you cannot be recording this. >> reporter: she pulled out her cell phone to document a violation of her son's civil rights and the americans with disabilities. her son, labeled a flight risk is sitting at the gate quietly sitting at the gate. joan is sobbing in disbelief. >> i kept saying it's because of this. >> they have flown together dozens of times. the only thing different, they have upgraded for the first time to first class. >> for some reason they didn't
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want that. that wasn't acceptable. >> reporter: american airlines released a statement saying the young man was excitable, running around and not ak la mated to the environment. the pilot tried to calm him down. for the safety of him and others, they offered to book another flight for the family. the family says that statement is untrue. they will sue american airlines and hope their experience will teach the company and people in general a valuable lesson. >> to respect each person's dignity. we should all be treated with dignity. >> a lot of people talking about this story. we want your opinion on this. the parents are coming on this show at 9:15 eastern time to talk about it. let us know, do you think they have a case for discrimination? you can tweet me at randikay@cnn
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welcome back. 24 minutes past the hour. it began as a normal sunny day in new york, and pennsylvania. my mid-morning, the entire nation would be reeling from the devastating terror attacks of september 11 that left nearly 3,000 people dead. president obama marking the somber anniversary in his weekly address. >> instead of turning inward with grief, we honor the memory
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of those we lost by giving back to our communities, serving those in need and reaffirming the values of who we are as a people. that's why we mark september 11th as a national day of service and remembrance. we are one american family and we look out for each other, not just on the difficult days, but every day. 11 years later, that's the legacy of 9/11. the ability to say with confidence no add va sar can change who we are. >> some of the men and woman first on the scene of the world trade center, led to serious illnesses. for some, death. athena jones has more on the compensation fund designed to help them pay their medical bills. >> i lived on staten island at the time. i could see the smoke coming from the tower. >> reporter:erny rushed to help
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with rescue and recovery. >> a lot of confusion and smoke. you couldn't see. you were trying to walk through the smoke to search for survivors. you could barely see your hand in front of you. >> reporter: then a police detective, he spent six months at the sight. a few months later, diagnosed with cancer. >> 2004 is when i was diagnosed. >> reporter: he had to use retirement savings. he's hoping to recoop some of that money. 11 years after that, he and other first responders made sick by the chemicals and dust are waiting for compensation. payments for some who developed respiratory conditions should begin in a month. an act named after a police officer who died of a pres pra tour illness.
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while 9/11 victims were compensated soon after the attacks, people living near or working at the sight were eligible for compensation. it sets aside $2.8 billion. the government will decide what ailments will be covered under the act. he represents nearly 4,000 first responder who became ill. >> people are sick and can't support their families. >> reporter: he hopes the fund will ultimately send this message. >> fight your cancer. don't worry about money, co-payments, we got your back. >> reporter: athena jones, cnn, washington. >> estimated 40,000 first responders are being monitored.
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hundred injured. the quakes are considered moderate. it forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. in politics, president obama's approval rating hit a 15-month high. quite a post convention bump. 52% of americans approve of the president's job performance. it's up seven points from the convention. 59 days on the campaign trail. both president obama and mitt romney are making their final pushes. president obama pushes off a bus tour in florida. today, stops in st. pete and kissimmee. romney is in virginia beach before heading to the nascar race in richmond this evening. >> the president is looking to capitalize on the convention
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momentum. >> reporter: the democratic convention is finally done, the campaign is rolling on. time to look at the fast five fact checks. we start with the claim the democrats are pounding like a nail. this white house produced a tremendous number of jobs. listen to the vice president. >> america has turned the corner. the worst job loss since the great depression, we are since created 4.5 million private sector jobs in the past 29 months. >> that is true, but watch the fine print. focusing on the last 25 months, they are sidestepping the jobs lost during his first part. the president will just about break even with the number of jobs created and lost under his watch. mitt romney was hit head on with
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his opposition to the auto makers bailout which president obama champions. >> romney road in a bed called let detroit go bankrupt. you know, if he had his way, devastation would have cascaded from michigan to ohio and across the nation. >> reporter: the missing context, romney never said we should abandon the auto makers. he felt bankruptcy was a better way to help them reorganize than a government bailout would be. former president bill clinton spoke about the 66 million jobs created since 1961 and which party's president's were in office for most of the growth. >> the republicans held the white house 28 years. the democrats 24. so, what's the job score? republicans 24 million,
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democrats 42. >> reporter: his numbers are right, but the economy is a very big force over which president's exert limited influence. sometimes they inherit good ones, sometimes bad ones. they warn of giving one party too much credit or blame. in his big address, president obama boasted about the push toward energy independence boosting production, cutting oil imports. >> today, the united states of america is less dependent on foreign oil than at anytime in the last two decades. >> it's true and he can take some credit, but you have to recognize these are long term projects many in place well before he took office. finally, michelle obama accused her husband of driving a lousy car when they started dating.
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>> i could see the pavement going by in a hole in the passenger door. >> reporter: the president's first car was a ford grenada. we don't know if he was driving it when they met. unless his car taste changed, we are going to say yes. randi, victor? >> thanks. republican or democrat, nobody is safe from the late night comedians. here are some of our favorites. >> only 96,000 jobs added last month. half of those were strippers working the conventions. >> reports that nine of the hotels being used for politicians at the democratic national convention had bedbugs. yeah. when asked what it's like dealing with thousands of blood suckers, the bedbugs said, it's okay. >> a huge lighting problem in the convention hall. they worked all day on it. they still couldn't get
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president obama out of bill clinton's shadow. >> it takes place in charlotte, north carolina. clinton told hillary he was nowhere near charlotte, he doesn't know who charlotte is and she's a liar. >> i don't know her and she's a liar. >> octomom, nadya suleman doesn't know who mitt romney is. >> are you better off now than you were four years ago? in response, americans are saying no, we are worse off. four years ago, we never heard of honey boo-boo. >> let me say something, ladies and gentlemen, before we get too excited about clint eastwood talking to an empty chair, i have made a comfortable living talking to empty chairs. thank you. >> people today are talking about obama's speech. it must have been pretty good
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killers about 80 miles south of the arizona border. nick is joining ugs to talk about this. what do we know about this guy? >> he's one of five people charged in the fatal shooting. the other three remain on the run. when it first happened, one person was detained. he's pleaded not guilty. he said he was there but did not fire that fatal shot. >> they arrested this guy. what's next for him? >> that's a great question. there's a treaty agreement between mexico and the united states. they have agreed to extradite except in casings of capital punishment. they do not have the death penalty. in this case, the u.s. decides to pursue charges of death penalty, they can choose not to extradite this suspect. you have done a lot of stories south of the border. how big is the gun issue aside from this? >> this is a huge problem, very,
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very bad. experts always said it's people and drugs that go north and drugs and guns that come south. if you can believe this, between 2007 and 2011, 70% of the guns recovered at mexican crime scenes originated in sales from the united states. >> this is interesting timing. we are expecting a report on fast and furious coming out in the next few days. >> high drama. we are expecting more. this summer, eric holder becoming the first attorney general in the united states to be found in contempt by congress. they are alleging he's with holding documents in this. it's a huge black eye for the justice department in the united states. >> thank you. a bus driver who makes $19 an hour is living out of his car. that kind of money doesn't get you far in santa barbara, california. the city is trying to help. wait until you hear how.
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when you think of santa bar brarks california, you think of stunning vistas, beaches and big, beautiful homes. the average home there costs $600,000. that means having a good job doesn't guarantee a roof over your head. the city is trying to help by offering a free parking space. cnn explains. >> reporter: julius is behind the wheel of a santa barbara bus five days a week. a full time job that pays $19 an hour to the driver with the unforgettable beard. when his workday is over, he
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moves from his bus to another vehicle, his van, where he lives. >> i'm a regular full size mattress. >> this is home because he makes too much to qualify for public housing, but can't afford rent in the high-cost city of santa barbara. >> reporter: a lot of people feel if you have a full time job in america, you are okay. it's not the case for you, is it? >> no. i have a full time job and barely make ends meet. >> reporter: debt piled up and they are digging out. this county parking lot is where they sleep. joined by more than a dozen others who live in their cars. it's called a safe parking program. 114 spaces spread out across the county. >> i have senior citizens, couples, families. >> reporter: a third of the people have jobs, but are under employed, like approximately 17% of americans. what do you think it says about
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america when somebody who has a job, who wants to work still has to live in a car? >> i think people would be shocked. i think they would be shocked if they come and meet these people. when they come into my office, i want to cry because it reminds me of someone that could be my mother, my sister, my brother. >> reporter: or your bus driver. >> morning. >> reporter: who starts his day on the move. breakfast with his wife mary is at the doughnut shop. the bathroom, a public one. the dressing room? the back of the van. >> normal life is what you miss. you know, living in a van is not the norm. >> reporter: that has middle class in america changed? >> i think the middle class has slid down the scale a little bit more toward the lower class.
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it's tougher for the middle class people to survive and pursue the american dream. i love you. >> i love you, too. >> reporter: he keeps chasing his dream hoping whoever wins this election will be able to shift the economy into gear. >> good morning, thank you. >> reporter: the jobs report says 8 million people are considered underemployed due to economic reasons. that is just part of the picture. talk to members of the working middle class. they will tell you wages simply are not keeping up with what it costs to live in america. cnn, los angeles. >> his problem isn't unique to santa barbara. the average home price is $600,000. it doesn't rank in the top 100 with cities of high average home prices. >> we are just getting to know each other. i'm an apple guy. iphones, ipads, i have my two iphones right here with me. if you are like me, the news of
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the day is almost here. apple will be making that big announcement. you haven't seen me smile this bright all morning. >> you are celebrating and it hasn't happened yet. >> i am excited. >> i know you are. >> it's going to be the iphone 56789. >> that's what we are hearing. this morning it's wrapped into one. the iphone 5 has been rumored and anticipated for so long.
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what is going to be different? that's what we want to know. katie is joining us. good morning. give us the scoop. i know you have intel. we are hoping you do about the new iphone. what do you know? >> certainly nobody in the tech industry draws as much hype as the apple brand. this is the sixth generation iphone. sales are expected to be at an all time high. a number of reasons for that. mostly, this is going to be a complete redesign. it's looking like a taller, four inch screen, thinner, lighter, faster. people are excited for the 4g capability. a smaller charging dock is likely. probably going to be an eight pi connector, headphone jack on the bottom. headphones come with it. we may see a new ipod. it may hit september 21st. we'll see that unveil next.
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i love how victor is so excited about this. >> i am. i truly am. i have two iphones, i have the ipad. anybody with these devices know that you have to have chargers everywhere. >> yeah. >> you have to have at least six chargers. does that mean all of them are useless now? >> on the bottom it's a 30-pin and we can use chargers from the ipad to the iphone. a lot of people complaining it will be a smaller charging dock. i would be surprised if there's not an adapter accessory to make it easier. i think we are going to see a smaller charging dock. >> what about serery? >> it was a huge hit for consumers. it's sticking around for awhile. >> what is going on with the ipad mini? is this unveiled alongside the iphone 5? >> let's talk about that. a few weeks ago i said we would
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likely see it with the iphone 5 unveil, however i think before the holiday, maybe in october. i don't think we see it next week. it's a lot for one announcement. the competition in terms of a smaller tablet is heating up. amon announced three new kindle fire's that are a great price point. google has a smaller tablet. samsung does. it's great for the consumer in terms of competition and driving the price point down. apple was never interested in a seven inch tablet however they want a slice of the pie. >> thank you so much. you made my morning. it's like shaking the box on christmas eve. >> i love it. earlier, we told you about a boy with down syndrome banned from boarding a flight. his family is suing the airline. do they have a case for discrimination? keep the comments coming. we'll read them on air.
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have more fiber than other leading brands. they're the better way to enjoy your fiber. >> let's catch you up on a story we have been following this morning. a family plans to sue american airlines for discrimination after they refused to allow their 16-year-old son on the flight. this is the boy. he has down syndrome. the airline says he was a security risk because the family was flying near the cockpit and they were afraid he would be an interference. they claim the airline discriminated against him. >> this has a lot of us talking this morning. we asked you, what do you think? do the parent haves a case.
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matthew tweeted, yes, i think they do. the pilot has the final say on whether a passenger goes or not usually based on behavior. shery says it would be very interesting to see how the airline handles the pr in the case. could be a disaster. good for you parents, sue american airlines for this horrendous treatment of your son. continue to keep tweeting us. also at 9:00 a.m. this morning, eastern time, we'll talk to the boy's parents and how this happened. it's a very difficult situation for them to deal with. >> we saw the cell phone video and the mom asking, why are you discriminating against us. >> thanks for starting your morning with us. we have much more ahead on "cnn saturday morning," it starts right now. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye.
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